Third Coast Old Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

2,678 Ratings
Third Coast Old AleThird Coast Old Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
From Bell's website:
"Third Coast Old Ale is a cellerable American-style barleywine that has notes of dried fruit and caramel embedded in a rich malt background that will grow more complex over time."

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-28-2002

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Founders snifter. Bottled on date: 4/6/12.

Appearance: Pours a murky brown color with a thin beige head.

Smell: Strong caramel and toffee notes with figs and a bit of oak. Clean, classic aroma for the style.

Taste: The fig, raisin, and oak notes are stronger here. Caramel and toffee both come through very nicely as well. Finish is fairly bittersweet. The bittering hops do an nice job of keeping the sweetness in check. There's even a little bit of piney hop flavor that sneaks in on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body. Low carbonation gives it a silky mouthfeel going down. Very nice.

Overall: This beer pretty much represents everything I expect an old ale to be. While it won't blow you away, it's a great representation of the style, and I'll keep picking up a sixer every year.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 4/6/2012. So almost a year old beer.

Poured into a snifter. No head. Almost brown color with some ruby hues. Decent lacing. Almost opaque as such, with some translucency in light. No bubbles. Calm.

A lot of malts upfront. Caramel. Bready and sweet. Np alcohol as such. Some fruity esters. Low to none hops in the nose.

Taste is full of malt with very very slight hop bitterness, almost hidden, towards the end. Well this could be an old ale but neither seems to be an American or English Barleywine. No. A lot of caramel flavor and some hop mixed malt flavor. Finish is almost dry with just hint of bitterness which i am just giving to the beer.

Mouth feel is slightly full bodied with some maltiness. Low to non existent carbonation. A good amount of alcohol warmth but no at all boozy.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Deep ruby auburn color with a thin line of egg shell colored head.

S. figs, malty, big whiff of fruit, caramel, dough, slightly boozy.

T. Malt forward, big and rich fruity flavors: figs, dates, dried raisins, a slight bitter finish to balance it out. Heavy and syrupy mouth feel. Has a warming alcoholic pinch as you drink it.

O. A well crafted barley wine. This is a definition of a sipper and only gets better as the brew warms. I will definitely cellar one and try this again.

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Third Coast Old Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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